COVID19: Medical officer suspended for refusing to monitor suspected cases
Jammu, Mar 14: A medical officer here was placed under
suspension for allegedly refusing surveillance duty to monitor suspected
coronavirus cases placed under home quarantine in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch
district, officials said on Saturday.
Saleem Bhatti was suspended with immediate effect by Deputy
Commissioner, Poonch, Rahul Yadav, with direction to the medical superintendent
of the district hospital to initiate disciplinary action against him, the
Quoting the order issued by the deputy commissioner on Friday, the officials said Tehsildar Haveli reported that Bhatti, deputed in the surveillance team, refused to perform his duty.
The order said medical professionals are critical to government efforts in these difficult times when the government is putting all-out efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“Across the globe, medical professionals have gone beyond
call of duty to contain the spread of COVID-19 and Jammu and Kashmir is no
exception. However, such lackadaisical attitude on part of one single doctor
can make efforts of all other health professionals futile,” the order said.
It said the medical superintendent, district hospital
Poonch, would initiate disciplinary action against the suspended doctor and
submit the action taken report to the office of the deputy commissioner at the
“During suspension period, he will remain attached with
district hospital Poonch at the disposal of medical superintendent for further
duty,” the order said.